Coastal Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County

Coastal Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Coastal Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County join nationwide “Beloved Community” initiative to bring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of access, equality and opportunity for all into action.

Asbury Park, NJ (Jan. 23, 2018) - Building on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community,” Coastal Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County announced plans today to honor King’s legacy through a series of collaborative projects in Asbury Park over the next year.
The year-long collaboration kicked off with participation in an MLK Day of Service project on Monday, January 15, one of numerous statewide activities prompted by Governor Phil Murphy and members of his transition team to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King.
“Having youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County come to Coastal Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore to envision and construct our mission wall was a wonderful experience for the youth but equally the staff of both agencies and numerous volunteers from the local community,” said Heather Schulze, Executive Director of Coastal Habitat for Humanity. “The mission wall will deliver the message of work being done in our local communities towards Dr. King’s vision of equal access, equality and opportunity for all.”
“The partnership with Coastal Habitat for Humanity provides our Club members with the opportunity to become part of Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision,” adds Douglas Eagles, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. “All too often our kids are overlooked, with the assumption that they don’t have anything to contribute. In reality, their potential to impact the world is endless.”
“This partnership is one that epitomizes the teachings of Dr. King; the value of all peoples, the value of community and the need to have and live a dream. I am excited about the work this year with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County and for what we can accomplish together in the years to come,’ said Randy Bishop, Board President of Coastal Habitat for Humanity.
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and The King Center’s MLK 50 Forward initiative, Coastal Habitat for Humanity is renewing and strengthening its commitment to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live and the opportunity for a better future. This effort will build on work being performed by other Habitats across the country undertaking Beloved Community projects, including the construction of new affordable homes, critical home repairs and community revitalization initiatives.
“In 2018, as we mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. King’s tragic death and the passage of the Fair Housing Act, we renew our pledge to make the concept of a Beloved Community a reality,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This will never be a world of equality, of fairness, of human decency that leaves no room for poverty or prejudice or violence, unless we build it. And so we build.”

About Coastal Habitat for Humanity:

Since its founding in 1994, Coastal Habitat for Humanity seeks to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live. An affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Coastal Habitat has constructed 20 single family homes, impacted over 1000 local lives, repaired more than 190 properties, and assisted more than 50 Superstorm Sandy-impacted families in southern coastal Monmouth County. Coastal Habitat’s projects are funded by generous private donations as well as proceeds from the Asbury Park ReStore and completed with volunteer dedication. More info at www.CoastalHabitat.org.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County empowers all young people—especially those who need us most—to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Through day care, education, nutritional and athletic programs, and the arts, the Club provides vital services to hundreds of Monmouth County children and their families every day. Learn more at www.bgcmonmouth.org.